Welcome to the World of
Traditional Small Craft
19th-century America saw the development of boats that rank as some of
the most beautiful, most efficient, and most perfectly adapted boats ever
conceived. Catboats, Whitehalls, wherries, peapods, dories, sharpies --
the list is seemingly endless and filled with wildly different designs and
uses that share one thing in common: they each represent a long line
of development that resulted in boats that were, and remain, virtually
unsurpassable for their intended purposes...
-- Larry Feeney
Design A Better Life Jacket and Win $10,000
Contest Calls for “Out-of-the-Box” Entries
ANNAPOLIS, Md., August 21, 2014 – Are you an armchair inventor with a
better way to keep boaters, sailors and anglers afloat? The BoatUS
Foundation, along with the Personal Floatation Device Manufacturers
Association (PFDMA) and the National Marine Manufacturers Association
(NMMA), have teamed up to seek out the newest technologies and design
ideas with the “Innovation in Life Jacket Design Competition” which
kicks off today. “We believe there are some creative folks out there
that can help us rethink a 100-year-old design with fresh,
out-of-the-box ideas,” said BoatUS Foundation President Chris Edmonston.
A $10,000 cash award goes to the winning designer and inventors have
until April 15, 2015 to submit their idea to www.BoatUS.org/design.
“Waterway users are always looking for more comfortable life jackets,”
added Edmonston. “While current models of life jackets save lives every
day, many are still bulky and uncomfortable, leaving boaters reluctant
to wear them. This competition hopes to challenge that mindset.”
Entries that embrace new technologies and non-traditional thinking are
being encouraged from individuals or groups, such as high school science
clubs, collegiate design programs or even boat and fishing clubs. There
are no rules regarding types of materials to be used or whether the
design meets any current US standards. Entries can be as simple as
hand-drawn theoretical designs to working prototypes.
The entries will be judged based on four criteria: wearability,
reliability, cost and innovation. "Wearability" relates to the level of
comfort. "Reliability" will take into account the chances for potential
failure, while "cost" will look at the affordability of the design.
"Innovation" will take into account originality or the utilization of
new technologies. Additionally, the BoatUS Foundation will post entries
on their website and Facebook page for public voting. The winner will be
announced at the September 2015 International Boat Builders Exhibition
and Conference in Louisville, Kentucky and additional cash prizes are
offered for second and third place. For more information or to enter
NEWS From BoatUS
Ten Thousand Bucks Available for the Best Safe and Clean Boating Outreach Projects
Apply for a BoatUS Foundation Grassroots Grant
ANNAPOLIS, Md., October 1, 2014 – Like the name implies, the goal of the boater-funded BoatUS
Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water is to educate boaters about safe and clean boating
. The Foundation is looking to fund Grassroots Grant projects that
utilize new, innovative approaches that encourage safe and clean boating among the boating public.
Organizations with the best ideas will be awarded grants of up to $10,000 to implement their project.
However, applications need to be submitted by January 15, 2015, and public online voting on the
applications will take place in early Spring 2015.
The Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program has funded over $1.3 million in boating safety and clean
water projects over the past 25 years. “The program is still for small local groups, organizations
and non-profits, but we’re getting away from awarding funds for items like signs, brochures, or
boat show giveaway items,” said BoatUS Foundation Outreach Manager Alanna Keating. “Now, we’re
looking to tap into the many exciting interactive and innovative ways to encourage behavior changes,
including social media, the Web or unique hands-on activities.”
Groups wishing to apply for one or more Grassroots Grants may go to www.BoatUS.org/grants to view
the guidelines and begin their application. Grant application submissions may include videos, photos
or graphics or anything to potentially help increase the chances of funding. The applications that
best meet guidelines will be posted to the Foundation’s website, BoatUS.org, as well as its Facebook
page for public voting in the spring. Projects with the most votes will receive funding and will
have one year to complete the grant project.
To be the first to learn when voting for grant projects begins, “like”
the BoatUS Foundation on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/BoatUSFoundation.
A short video on the Grants program and how to apply is at BoatUS.org/Grants.
TSCA now has a Group Page on Facebook that will give us yet another
method of advertising & highlighting events, showing off individual's
new boats, and publicizing chapter activities.
The main page is a public discussion page, and can be used much like our
current Yahoo Groups forums.
Each chapter and each builder can create his own photo album using the
"Add Photo / Video" menu button, then the option to create an album.
First one in each chapter to upload a photo should create a discrete
album with the chapter name. Others can add to the album later.
Use the "Events" tab to automatically notify all group members of
You can reach the group under any of the "Find us on Facebook" logos
in the menu bars or at